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Bristol City Council says there is 'no evidence' to review Uber licence

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Bristol City Council says it has "no evidence" for reviewing the licence for taxi service Uber in the city.

Transport for London has revoked the company's licence in the capital.

Bristol City Council says it is 'monitoring' the situation.

We will keep a close eye on the outcome and any legal challenge of TFL’s decision to not renew Uber’s licence. While we note the reasons TFL have given for not renewing Uber’s licence, both Uber and their drivers fully comply with all aspects of Bristol’s licensing policy. On that basis, there is no evidence to review their current licence, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

Uber and its drivers are treated no differently to any other licensed driver in the city. Bristol City Council is renowned to have one of the most stringent licence application processes for taxi drivers in the country. The council’s Fit and Proper Person Policy outlines the requirements needed for drivers to hold a licence including a robust convictions policy.

All new drivers are currently required to complete an enhanced DBS check, alongside Gold Standard training, DVLA licence check, medical check, and completion of the knowledge test. Only if these standards are met will a driver be granted a licence.

– Bristol City Council

Ryanair provides update as airline works to resolve cancellations

A total of 2,100 flights have been cancelled over the next 6 weeks. Credit: ITV West Country

Ryanair has provided an update on its progress as the airline works through the cancellation of 2,100 flights over the next 6 weeks.

The airline says all 315,000 affected customers received email notices on Monday advising them of their flight changes and offering alternative flights, refunds and advice about claiming money back.

Ryanair says it expects to have provided more than 63,000 refunds and accommodated 175,000 customers on other Ryanair flights by the end of the day.

The airline says it expects to process more than 300,000 alternative routings or refunds for customers (over 95% of affected customers) by the end of the week.

Ryanair has apologised for the cancellations.

We apologise sincerely to each and every one of the 315,000 customers whose original flights were cancelled over a 6 week period in September and October, while we work to resolve this short term rostering failure. We have taken on extra customer service teams to speed up the rate at which we accommodate and action alternative flight requests or refund applications.

– Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair


Police still investigating fatal M5 collision

One lane remains closed on the M5 northbound. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say they are still investigating the scene of the M5 collision in South Gloucestershire in which four people sadly died.

One lane of the northbound carriageway between J15 and J14 remains closed.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say this closure is likely to remain in place for a few more hours.

Police say their thoughts remain with the families of all the victims.

A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this collision, which involved a Mercedes box van and two cars.

Three people – a 42-year-old woman and two children, a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Family liaison officers are working to support and locate the next of kin of all the victims. It may be some time before formal identification can be concluded. The driver of the lorry, a man in his forties from Worcestershire, has been spoken to and has provided us with an initial statement.

– Insp Frazer Davey, Avon and Somerset Constabulary


M5 lanes reopen - calls for drivers to return to vehicles

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Three M5 northbound lanes between junction 14 and junction 16 have now been re-opened.

Highway authorities are now appealing for drivers who left their vehicles to return to them in order to get the traffic flowing again.

The lanes were closed following an earlier accident involving a pedestrian getting hit by several vehicles on the M5.

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